12 Reads: Looking for the Great Arabic Cat Story

We are in the process of hunting down Arabic cat stories, cat tales, cat anecdotes, cat poetry, The Great Cairo Cat Novel, and other feline literary productions in Arabic.

Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Fiction

And finally, acclaimed Arab writers' favorite novels of 2012. Some can be found on the "Arabic Booker" longlist, but certainly not all. (For instance, we can wonder why Diary of an Iraqi Dog didn't make the list.) Previous days, we posted favorites in nonfiction and poetry. Inas Abbassi, Tunisian poet Jabbour Douaihy’s The Vagrant (2011) is a great novel, … Continue reading Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Fiction

Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Poetry

Today, acclaimed Arab authors' favorite poetry collections of 2012. If you missed the favorites of nonfiction (posted yesterday) they're here. And novels: tomorrow. Yasser Abdellatif, Egyptian novelist In poetry, I liked the collection Please, God, Give Us Books to Read (2012) by Alexandrian poet Mohab Nasr. The work is dense, but not so much at the … Continue reading Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Poetry

Acclaimed Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Nonfiction

The 2013 International Prize for Arabic Fiction judges have had their say; now some of our favorite authors will have theirs. Over the next few days, as the year ends, ArabLit and Egypt Independent will be running through acclaimed Arab poets, novelists, and short-story writers' favorite reads of 2012. I'm not sure of the sequencing over at EI, but … Continue reading Acclaimed Authors’ Favorites of 2012: Nonfiction